MATH 4362 - Theory of Differential Equations and Nonlinear Dynamics - University of Houston
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MATH 4362 - Theory of Differential Equations and Nonlinear Dynamics

***This is a course guideline.  Students should contact instructor for the updated information on current course syllabus, textbooks, and course content***

Prerequisites: MATH 3331 or equivalent, and three additional hours of 3000-4000 level Mathematics.

Course Description: ODEs as models for systems in biology, physics, and elsewhere; existence and uniqueness of solutions; linear theory; stability of solutions; bifurcations in parameter space; applications to oscillators and classical mechanics.



(1) Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering | Edition: 2; Westview Press. Steven H. Strogatz. ISBN: 978-0813349107

(2) Additional resources: Chaos in Dynamical Systems (Second Edition) by Edward Ott. ISBN: 978-0521010849



We will study modern nonlinear dynamics. I will emphasize modeling in the physical and biological sciences.


Assignments: You will be given weekly problem sets. Several randomly selected problems from each set will be graded. No late submissions will be accepted. Your lowest problem set score will be dropped when your course grade is computed. 



Your course grade will be based on assignments and exams. The distribution is as follows:

  Assignments     25%  
  Exams 1—3        25%    


*Note: Students should visit their instructor's website for Course Structure and Grading Policies. This information is typically included in the instructor's syllabus.


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